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Avoiding motorcycle accidents during the winter months

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2024 | News |

The “Super El Nino” phenomenon has resulted in a more temperate Indiana winter than the state has experienced in years. Nonetheless, riding a motorcycle in Indiana’s winter months inspires unique challenges, even if this particular season isn’t as harsh this year as it could be.

The cold weather, shorter days and potentially hazardous road conditions require extra precautions to ensure a safe riding experience. Motorcyclists understand the lure of the open road, even in winter. However, safety must be a priority.

Staying safe(r)

Consider the following tips on how to avoid motorcycle accidents during Indiana’s colder months as you aim to increase your personal safety while riding.

For starters, there’s the fairly obvious “checking the weather forecast before heading out can help you avoid getting caught in dangerous conditions.” Yet, as “Well, duh” as this tip may seem, it can be easy to forget to take this step if you’re in a rush. No matter what’s going on, you’ll want to make this effort, especially because if you get stuck in the cold, you won’t have the trapped heat of an enclosed, running vehicle to help you.

Next, you’ll want to invest in high-quality, high-visibility winter riding gear. This includes insulated gloves, a well-insulated helmet with anti-fog visors and layers of clothing to maintain body heat. Proper gear not only keeps you warm but can also help you to stay focused on the road.

Winter conditions call for a different approach to riding. Increase your following distance to allow more time to react. Be smooth with your throttle, brakes and steering to avoid sudden movements that could lead to a loss of control.

Finally, you’ll want to keep in mind that with the warmer winter weather, the risk of semi-frozen and flash-freezing conditions is heightened this year. You’ll want to be just as vigilant when these conditions develop in winter as you are when they occur during the spring and fall.

Winter riding in Indiana can be a thrilling experience, but it demands respect for the season’s challenges. By following these tips, you can enjoy your riding experience while minimizing the risk of accidents. Remember, safety is not just a practice, it’s a responsibility.